CGFM Certification

The Montgomery/Prince George's County AGA Chapter Presents

The Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Preparation Program

For more information and/or if interested please contact Michael Harrington and Helen Keys at In addition, please indicate the CGFM examinaton you are focusing on for planning purposes. Virtual study sessions will be planned to best fit candidates' schedules.


The Benefit of the CGFM: Among government financial managers, the CGFM has become known and appreciated. It is a mark of distinction and offers you a wide range of important benefits. It:

  • Demonstrates your UNDERSTANDING of all aspects of financial management in EVERY level of government.
  • Gets you PLUGGED IN to the latest INFORMATION in the field and gives you ACCESS to large NETWORKS of people that will help you perform at your best.
  • Makes a statement that you possess specialized SKILLS and professional EXPERTISE.
  • Shows your commitment to expanding your KNOWLEDGE to handle INCREASING responsibilities.
  • DIFFERENTIATES between you and others in a field that has every kind of credential, but only one that was developed by, for and with GOVERNMENT financial managers

CGFM Requirements: Candidates must complete the following to become a CGFM:

  • Ethics — read and agree to abide by AGA's Code of Ethics
  • Education — have a bachelor's degree in any subject area from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Examinations — pass three comprehensive CGFM examinations
  • Experience — have at least two years of professional-level experience in government financial management

CGFM Examination: Applicants must take\pass three comprehensive examinations to become a CGFM:

  • Course 1:  Governmental Environment
  • Course 2: Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting
  • Course 3: Governmental Financial Management and Control

Check out the three CGFM study guides and the CGFM practice examinations on the AGA National website.

How to apply: Follow the steps below to obtain the CGFM Certification. Visit Learn more about the process of earning the CGFM designation for more details about the CGFM application process.

Step 1 - Read the AGA's Code of Ethics

Step 2 - Apply for the CGFM Program: Submit a CGFM Program application form and fee. The non-refundable CGFM application fee is $70 for AGA members and $99 for nonmembers. AGA membership is not required.

Step 3 - Submit Required Degree Documentation: Submit an official copy of your transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university within 6 months of submitting the application form and prior to taking any CGFM Examinations.

Step 4 - Receive an Eligibility Letter: Once your application, payment and transcript are received and approved, AGA will e-mail you an eligibility letter with instructions on how to schedule your CGFM Examinations.

Step 5 - Submit a Work Verification Form: Send a Work Verification Form once you have at least two years of professional-level experience in the government financial management field. You do not have to submit this form before taking the examinations.

Step 6 - Prepare for the CGFM Examinations: Prepare for the examinations through instructor-led course, AGA study guides or other resources available at the CGFM examinations content outlines.

Step 7 - Schedule the CGFM Examinations: Follow the instructions on your eligibility letter to register with Pearson VUE, pay for the CGFM Examination(s) and schedule your testing appointments. Each CGFM examination is $125.

Step 8 - Take the CGFM Examinations: Take\pass the examinations at a Pearson VUE Professional Testing Center. See Examination Scheduling and Procedures for more information.

Step 9 - Receive CGFM Award Letter: Once you pass all three CGFM Examinations and AGA has approved your Work Verification Form, AGA will send you an official award letter announcing your CGFM designation.

Step 10 - Receive Your CGFM Certificate and Maintain Your Certification: The official CGFM certificate is usually sent 6 - 10 weeks after your AGA award letter. Remember to maintain your CGFM in active status.

Testing Locations

To find a CGFM testing location, on the AGA’s page on the Pearson VUE website, click on 'Locate a Test Center'. Select United States or Canada for country and then city or zip code you are looking for, and a list of closest Pearson Test Centers will be listed.

Visit the AGA National CGFM website for more details.